Lie to Me (2009–2011)
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Lightman's team investigates cases involving a staff sergeant accused of raping a soldier, and a star college basketball player accused of taking a bribe from a wealthy booster.


Adam Davidson


Samuel Baum (created by), Josh Singer




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Roth ... Dr. Cal Lightman
Kelli Williams ... Dr. Gillian Foster
Brendan Hines ... Eli Loker
Monica Raymund ... Ria Torres
Charles Parnell ... Major Harris
David Anders ... Staff Sgt. Russell Scott
Rob Brownstein ... Secretary Adam Miller
Vince Corazza ... Deputy Whitmore (as Vincent Corazza)
Alicia Lagano ... Sheila Lake
Scott Alan Smith ... Jeremy Levine
Amy Rosoff ... Private Rebecca Metz
Rance Howard ... Joe Metz
Scott Atkinson ... Howard Taft
Theodore Perkins ... Earl White
Byrne Offutt ... DHS Deputy


The gang split into two teams to tackle two cases. Cal and Torres investigate a charge of Rape at the army whilst Dr. Foster and Loker investigate a college basketball player accused of taking a bribe. The rape case is particularly challenging because a private is accusing her sergeant of the crime and their unit is due to deploy to Iraq in 72 hours. The other case is much more straight forward but the reasons behind the crime prove to be very complex. Written by Mark Smith <>

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Release Date:

28 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby (as Dolby Surround)| Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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The officer on the range is credited as Major Harris; but he is wearing the rank of a Lt. Colonel. See more »


Dr. Cal Lightman: You know, I wanted to...
Ria Torres: Yeah, I know.
Dr. Cal Lightman: What?
Ria Torres: You had a slight gratitude smile. What, are you surprised? Really? You know, just because I don't know your science doesn't mean I don't know things.
Dr. Cal Lightman: You know, when you DON'T know the science, you don't see the whole picture. People can get hurt.
Ria Torres: What was that? What happened?
Dr. Cal Lightman: What?
Ria Torres: Shame. When you said people get hurt, you showed shame.
Dr. Cal Lightman: I don't know what you're talking about.
Ria Torres: You're lying.
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Written by Dan Auerbach (uncredited) and Patrick J. Carney (uncredited)
Performed by The Black Keys
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I like the show, but not this episode
2 October 2009 | by Curt1222See all my reviews

I'm in Iraq right now and have finally made it through the entire first season on Blu-Ray. While I like the show as a whole, and Tim Roth and Kelli Williams in particular, this episode actually made me angry at certain points. The writer(s) of this episode obviously has/have no personal knowledge of anything military, nor the Army specifically. The US Army has no "Platoon Commanders" and no Enlisted person is ever referred to as "Sir". There is no such thing as an "Article 32 Court Martial Proceeding", it's an "Article 32 Investigation" and is the military equivalent of a Grand Jury. Even a JAG officer would never were his dress green uniform to a rifle range, and certainly not allow his epaulets to be outside of his collar at any time. Even if an epaulet slipped out, any other Soldier would have spotted it and made a correction. Civilians (hell, anybody) on a rifle range with no helmet? Come on; if you're going to write an episode focusing on the military (even if you're going to bash us) at least have somebody with some relevant military experience review it. Those of us in uniform take a lot of crap from the entertainment business, and we can take it when it's right and justified (pssst: we even protect your right to criticize us) but please, at least get the uniforms, mannerisms, customs and courtesies a little closer to reality. Can you do that little favor for us, please? Two stars for this episode, but only for Kelli Williams, who can do no wrong.

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